The Porsche 911 GT2 RS: Widowmaker

The “GT2” moniker carries a special significance in the history of Porsche. 911 models sporting a GT2 badge have always been known for their incredible performance and steep learning curve. The name GT2 RS implies an even more hardcore version; one created purely to produce ludicrous performance figures. The last generation GT2 RS has held the crown as most powerful 911 for years, but has finally been passed by its successor. This 991 generation GT2 RS is the most powerful Porsche 911 ever made.

This new RS model was initially revealed during the E3 gaming convention alongside the world premiere of the videogame Forza Motorsport 7.  However, it was not until last week’s Goodwood Festival of Speed that Porsche released any tangible information about the car. What we now know is that it’s powered by an upgraded version of the 911 Turbo’s 3.8 liter flat-six engine. In GT2 RS trim, the engine is capable of a whopping 690 horsepower and 553 lb ft of torque. This power, in true GT2 fashion, is sent to the rear wheels through Porsche’s 7-speed PDK transmission. 0-60 is taken care of in a mere 2.7 seconds on the way to the car’s 211 mph top speed.

Straight line speed, however, is only part of the GT2’s range of abilities. When it comes to track performance and handling, few road cars are more prepared to attack some corners. This GT2 RS shares many performance-enhancing styling cues with the recent GT3 RS, including carbon fender vents, side intakes, and a huge rear wing. However, it now has new cooling vents up front, lighter wheels, a revised rear bumper, and more to help the car stay cool and planted. Carbon ceramic brakes allow the car to come to a standstill in rapid fashion, while huge tires provide great grip through the bends.

The new 911 GT2 RS seems to be the Porsche for the adrenaline junkie. A car so incredibly focused and capable does not come around every day, and I look forward to seeing what this can do around race tracks and streets alike. At right around $300,000, the RS costs a hefty sum. But for the fastest, most advanced 911 ever made, it seems pretty reasonable to me. For more on Porsche, stay tuned to Oh So Lofty.